When you were nominated to be the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential race, I was sure that Hillary had won. You were loud, obnoxious, rude and inexperienced. You didn't have a clear platform to stand on. It seemed that you could talk your way out of every question. Every diversion led back to one theme though, that while you didn't have exact plans for how you were going to "Make America Great Again". Well, Mr. Trump, it has been almost eight months since you have become the President of the United States. You sure have done a lot of things, but make America great again? I'm not sure that's one of them.
Watching the events in Charlottesville unfold, I've been trying to collect my thoughts. To try and say something worthwhile about the whole mess, even before someone decided to use their car to ram through a crowd of protesters. That it's come to this, in 2017 America, simply boggled my mind.
As a Communications graduate student, I have learned the ins and outs of Media, and how impressionable it can be on masses. Of the many lessons I've learned throughout my educational journey, one essential ideology has always stuck with me. It comes from researchers Max McCombs and Donald Shaw who conducted a study in 1968 to determine the salience of the media's influence on the public. From the foundation of the researcher's work, Bernard Cohen assisted in the development of 'agenda-setting theory,' which recognized that:
President Trump, one of the worst parts of today's news is how many people probably tuned in for a moment, and then returned back to their regular Saturday morning television because you have numbed us to the reality of our country's current situation.
I know you've got five kids and some grandchildren at this point, and while you are incredibly well off, I'm fairly certain you would have at the very least seen a temper tantrum from any one of these individuals. Surely, you wouldn't have been so disconnected from your family that you wouldn't recognize a tantrum when you see one.
I am the child of a Canadian military vet. Granted, my father was not ever part of any deployment, though I do recall he spent six weeks in the Yukon when I was really young. I am also the wife of a Canadian military vet; my husband did spend time in Haiti, and let me assure you, what he went through there was no picnic in spite of the sunny locale. At the time, he was part of the United Nations deployment there in the late 1990s and was on site when the ferry disaster of 1997 occurred. In fact, several of the pictures he took (he was part of Combat Camera at the time) were disseminated by the Associated Press.
Dear Mr. Trump,
It has been an interesting few years in American politics. It is clear that America is going through some tough growth and change, and that has been stressful, but very gratifying to watch. Your rise to power has been fast, and very surprising. While some people are quick to criticize this, I want to note that it is very important. You have been chosen by the American people, at a time when the country is divided. And their choice of you, as President, has taught us all a little more about our neighbors.